Just like humans, dogs can suffer from poor joint health. Could your dog be among the one in five affected?
If your dog is showing signs of stiffness, lameness, changes in personality and activity levels or reluctance to jump, run or play, he could be suffering from arthritis.
A progressive and painful degenerative disease, osteoarthritis is extremely common in older dogs. In fact, if your dog is over seven years of age, there’s a 65 per cent chance he’s suffering from the disease.
Arthritis is usually the result of wear and tear and instability in the joints. Other factors that contribute to arthritis include:
- Genetics and breeding’
- Joint deformities
- Cooler weather
Like us, the end of your dog’s bones are covered by cartilage, which is constantly breaking down and being replaced. Arthritis disrupts this process – cartilage breaks down quicker, and is replaced far more slowly, making joints stiff, decreasing mobility and causing significant pain.
Although arthritis isn’t curable, damage can be repaired and managed. With the right strategies, you can put a spring back in their step.
Managing Arthritis in Dogs
The first step in helping your dog with arthritis is to make an appointment with your vet for a thorough clinical examination. They can determine exactly what is happening in your dog’s joints, advise you on the best course of treatment, devise a plan for your dog’s individual situation and advise you on the improvements you’re likely to see.
To help improve your dog’s mobility, and improve their enjoyment of life, they will focus on four key areas:
- weight management: Overweight body condition contributes to arthritis.
- exercise management: Regular, controlled exercise is a very important part of managing arthritis, and beneficial for keeping joints mobile.
- home changes: A warm comfortable bed, replacing stairs with ramps and help getting in and out of cars can help dogs with mild cases of arthritis.
- medications and supplements: Depending on severity of symptoms, progression of the disease and any other health problems.
Used as part of a multi-pronged, feeding your dog a supplement like 4CYTE can proliferate chondrocyte cells, which actively tips the balance back in favour of the production of healthy cartilage instead of degeneration.
4CYTE also suppresses the inflammatory chemicals responsible for poor joint function and inflammation.
By targeting the root cause of arthritis – and not just the symptoms – 4CYTE reverses and repairs the pathological process responsible for joint disease. For more information on how 4CYTE could help your dog, please discuss it with your vet today.
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